Paul Varnsverry

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Paul Varnsverry has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' prospective candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire election, which takes place on November 15th 2012. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which make him a strong candidate for the role.

Paul has spent most of his career working with the Police wealth of experience and has held a number of responsible positions. He chaired a county-wide public/Police road safety partnership in the 1980s, delivering a number of initiatives targeted at reducing road accident casualties amongst motorcyclists.

Paul was the main instigator of the British Standards committee for Police protective equipment and has been the chairman of this group from its formation in March 1998 to the present day. Paul drafted a number of the British Standards for Police public order (riot) protection and has also worked on development and testing of ballistic and stab vests plus chemical, bacteriological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective clothing and equipment. From 2002 - 2011, Paul was specialist technical advisor to an Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales (ACPO) subcommittee responsible for drafting Police National Operational Requirements.

Paul's work with the Police has included presenting academic papers, giving lectures and training and working with public order and other specialist units within the United Kingdom as well as globally in countries such as the USA, Canada, across Euro, in the Middle East and Asia.

Paul's work for civilian companies also spans the globe and encompasses businesses from owner-operator concerns up to multinational corporations. Paul's specialist advice is also regularly called upon by government departments as far afield as Washington DC and Melbourne, Australia.

In 2007, Paul took his first steps into the world of politics and was elected to Northampton Borough Council, representing West Hunsbury Ward, at the first attempt. He quickly became involved in the authority's Neighbourhood Management and Community Policing activities, chairing the "Doing Better For Communities" neighbourhood management board for the south-west sector of Northampton.

In June 2009, Paul was elevated to the cabinet, as portfolio holder for communities, and in October 2009 he was appointed Deputy Leader of Northampton Borough Council and portfolio holder for community engagement. The responsibilities of this role included the authority's liaison with Northamptonshire Police and other partner organisations, including the county council, through the Community Safety Partnership. Paul was also responsible for the council's public engagement and involvement strategies and chaired the Community Enabling Fund Advisory Panel, which processes grants to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations.

Paul's work with the voluntary and community sector included assisting the successful relocation of Shopmobility to its premises in the Mayorhold Car Park, Northampton. He also facilitated the Museum of Leathercraft's move to Abington Museum.

Paul also stood for election in Northampton South in the 2010 General Election.

With a wide range of experience of working with the Police, the Voluntary & Community Sector, the private sector and as a senior councillor in local government, Paul possesses a formidable set of skills which are perfectly-matched to the role and responsibilities which will be demanded of Northamptonshire's first elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

Speaking on his selection, Paul said: "It is a privilege to be selected as the Liberal Democrats' prospective candidate for Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner. I fervently believe I have the experience and knowledge to be a strong voice for Northamptonshire residents. I know it is crucial that local people have confidence in the police and that the police themselves are grounded in the communities in which they work. My main priorities will include a focus on early intervention on crime and anti-social behaviour, increasing public confidence and engagement in policing our communities, and innovative measures to reduce the number of drivers killed and seriously injured on the county's roads. I will work tirelessly to make sure that our county is a safer place and that local residents are fully engaged in how our communities are policed."